Dutch criminal reporter de Vries fighting for his life after shooting

Amsterdam — Dutch celebrity criminal reporter Peter R. de Fries, known for exposing the underground world of criminal gangs, was fighting for his life after being shot in the streets of Amsterdam, officials said. Said on Tuesday.

According to police, three suspects were detained, including a possible shooter. They refused to provide the details.

“He has been seriously injured and is fighting for his life,” Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema said at a television press conference. “He is a national hero for all of us. A rare and courageous journalist who seeks constant justice.”

Police blocked the shooting area near downtown Leidseplein Square. They were collecting video footage, witness statements, and forensic evidence.

De Vries was awarded the International Emmy Award in its current business category in 2008 for investigating the disappearance of a teenage Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called the attack “shocking and incomprehensible.” It was an attack on brave journalists and a very important free press attack on our democracy. “

“We pray that he will survive,” he said.

Dutch broadcaster RTL said DeVries had just left the studio in downtown Amsterdam when one of the five hit his head.

The Parole newspaper in Amsterdam has released an image of a scene where several people gathered around a person lying on the ground.

De Vries, 64, is a Dutch celebrity, a frequent commentator on television crime shows, and a professional criminal reporter with sources in both law enforcement and the underworld.

De Vries is known in the Netherlands for his countless investigations into the incident, especially after the kidnapping of beer mogul Freddy Heineken in 1983.

De Vries has been threatened by criminal gangs in the past in connection with several incidents.

In 2013, Heineken’s kidnapper Willem Holleader was convicted of threatening De Fries. Holleader is currently sentenced to life imprisonment for being involved in the murder of five people.

In 2019, Ridouan Taghi, currently on trial for murder and drug trafficking, took the extraordinary step of issuing an official statement denying reports of threatening to kill DeVries.

De Vries, as a counselor rather than a lawyer, testifies in a proceeding against Tagi and his suspect Nabil B. Has acted on behalf of state witnesses identified as.

Nabil B.’s former lawyer was shot dead on the streets of Amsterdam in September 2019.

By Toby Sterling and Bart H. Meijer

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